I know K-Beauty is having a bit of a moment right now, but I genuinely love trying Asian beauty products because they tend to more innovative, adorable, and /or effective than other products.
Because the full price of this kit is $35, I was able to add a mystery sampler set and a deluxe freebie to my order. My sampler was a little weak this time; I've gotten the shower gel before and wasn't a fan of the scent and the makeup remover wipe feels like a foil packet sample. The Oribe Supershine Moisturizing Cream was the freebie I picked; I want to try as many Oribe products as possible.
The K-Beauty kit itself comes in a huge pillow pack! I think all the Birchbox discovery/value kits come in pillow packs, but this is one of the nicer ones; it has more interesting graphics and it seems sturdier--it didn't get all smashed up in shipping.
Again, like all Birchbox discovery kits, there is an info card with a blurb about the kit on the front...
...and product information on the back. I can't remember if my other Birchbox discovery kits including pricing information on these cards, but it is included on the ones in the monthly boxes, so I'm wondering if they left it off of this card since a few of the products aren't available from Birchbox. All the products in this kit are full sized, which I think is rare for these kits.
Going in the order of the card, the first product is the Peripera Wholly Deep Mascara in the Long Lash Lengthening formula. This is a product that Birchbox carries, and it comes in three different formulas including this one (the other two are for volume and curl). I don't know how the full size comes packaged, but I like that this mascara came in a clear, sealed bag; you know for sure that it wasn't tampered with. This is supposed to be like a fiber mascara, though a lot of the reviews say it doesn't really do much for length. I also wanted to note that there is a date printed on the package and tube itself, 2016.06.28. Korean cosmetics often put the manufacture date on their products instead of an expiration date (or they put both), but they will sometimes just put an expiration date; I had a hard time believing my mascara was that fresh, but I looked it up online and it looks like it is a manufacture date. Neat!
Next up is the TonyMoly Cristal Blusher in the color 03 Pleasure Peach. This is one of the most subdued TonyMoly products that I've seen packaging-wise, but the clear plastic is sturdy and looks sleek and clean.
This is one of the products that Birchbox doesn't carry, and it doesn't look like it's as readily available online as the other products in this box. Urban Outfitters used to carry it, but it's no longer available online, and the only I saw that carries it currently is Amazon (I'm sure there are independent retailers that carry this product, but I didn't see any on the first few pages of Google).
This is a matte blush in a warm peachy-pink color. It's not quite as orange in real life as it looks in my photos. This is a great, subtle color for my skin tone--it makes me look more awake without adding a lot of noticeable color.
Since it isn't a noticeable color on me, it doesn't show up very well swatched. But I assure you, if you have a light, neutral-warm skin tone, it's quite lovely in a 'je ne sais quoi' kind of way. It is a little dry since it's a matte, but it wasn't super powdery and it applied well. If you have a darker skin tone, you might be able to use this as a highlight, which would be equally as pretty!
Overall, I think The Best Of K-Beauty kit from Birchbox is a great deal; you get five full sized K-Beauty products for $35 (less if you have points to spend). I also think this kit was curated well; each product has a different function (from eyes, to cheeks, to lips, to even skin care) and each is from a different brand (unless you consider Peripera and Club Clio the same brand) so you get a wide variety of things to experience.
Thanks for reading! <3